|Scientific Name||Polemonium pulcherrimum ssp. delicatum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||POPUD3|
|Common Name||Jacob's Ladder||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||524549|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 13300 ft.); shady areas under conifers, in thickets and moist meadows; crevices and rocky slopes.
Plant: Perennial 2 to 10 inches tall with multiple weak, slender stems, somewhat trailing.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves pinnately-divided into many (11-25) small leaflets, each 3/8 to 1-3/4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of a few flowers with 5 pale blue petals becoming lighter toward their bases, 1/5 to 3/5-inch long; yellow throat, cream-colored stamens; 5 green, pointed, hairy sepals below.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map |
Map Color Key
© Tom Lebsack 2023
Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County